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Re: [teacherartexchange] Artistic Process and Fear: Questions for the list


From: Ann Heineman (aiheineman_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jul 26 2008 - 05:41:12 PDT

Several years ago some folks on this list recommended a book called
"Art & Fear." I finally checked it out from the library one summer and
thoroughly enjoyed reading it! The authors provide many insights on
this very topic.

                   Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
                  Art teacher, K-5, retired

PS Since I retired 6 years ago, I have been taking classes at OSU in
printmaking and French. For the first time I started to learn
traditional lithography. What a challenge that process is!! My ideas
come from both drawing and photographic sources. I think the "fear
factor" kicks in when we are presented with deadlines and graded
evaluations. Fortunately, as a "60+ plus citizen of the State of
Ohio, I can take these courses tuition free, minus the grades, credits
or degrees.

On Jul 26, 2008, at 7:17 AM, Maggie Tucker wrote:

> I wonder how much fear stimulates our learning; how much it quells
> it, and
> how much it contributes to "artistic block?" Or, in Kathy Douglas'
> recent
> post, her finding away around her fear to create?
> This spring, I found myself blathering to a middle school class that
> drawing
> from observation shouldn't be a cause for fear. Reflecting upon that
> teaching later, I realized I hadn't learned a new medium in quite a
> while:
> what right did I have to say what should/should not cause my
> students to be
> afraid? So I took a furniture making class this summer. I'm math-
> phobic,
> and when panicky, find myself needing instructions multiple times.
> What a
> fabulous learning experience!
> So my question to this list is--how do you use fear? Are you aware
> of it as
> an influence in your personal creating? in your students work?
> Maggie Tucker
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